50cl // 47.5% ABV
An incredible blended malt. And that’s not all! It’s also the third and final ‘control’ whisky in the fascinating Reference Series, where subsequent releases (III.1, III.2 etc.) will showcase different additional ingredients and techniques. This will allow you to refer back to the original whisky and appreciate exactly how specific changes (finishes, the addition of peat, chill-filtration etc.) affect the liquid in your glass. (That, is all.)
Reference Series III is made up of over 50% incredibly well-aged single malt, supported by two youthful, rich blended malts for balance and vigour.
Nose: Creamy with a little cut grass and pepper quickly give way to fresh orange peel, vanilla, malt loaf, coffee bean, calves leather, rich toffee and molasses.
Palate: Thick with loads of chocolate covered dates and a few raisins. Chewy, herbal and meaty too. Quite fantastic, basically.
Finish: Long with pleasant leather notes, cocoa, delicious coffee cake and a touch of mint on the tail.
Overall: First and foremost, this is just a cracking blended malt. Truly excellent stuff. It is also the third control whisky for the Reference Series’ ongoing experiments, containing a significantly higher proportion of old and very old single malts than I and II.